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“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything” -Mark Twain


Donna’s Story

*Click here to read Donna’s Story in her own words.*

 

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“Virtually all of us act immorally if not illegally at least on occasion. We’d like to believe that if we ever get caught or feel compelled to confess, we’ll be judged not simply by what we’ve done but by why we did it and who we are. We want our acts to be judged in the context of our motivation and personal history, and a concept of a character that compromises more than our worst offenses. People do commit bad acts for good reasons, which means that guilt and especially sentence ought to be determined by considering the actor as well as the act.” (Courtesy of George Gardner, Jr. father/author of “The Stalking of Kristen”)

Ending a man’s life isn’t easy to live with.  Remorse and guilt eat away at your soul while you’re awake and in your sleep.  I ask God for forgiveness each day.  My case is not as “open and shut” as the prosecuting attorney would like you to believe.  My story is about a mother who feared for her life and the life of others, and ultimately took the life of the man who threatened her with a knife and promised to kill her son in her own home.  I am not a murderer!  I don’t feel I should lose my life in a 10’ x 6’ cell because I saved the life of my son and my own.

By being wrongfully convicted I feel the justice system is saying, “Ms. Hockman, you should have let Dustin Stanley kill you, then you and your son would not be apart, we could have punished him accordingly.” The law says I have a right to protect myself and family members if I feel I am in a position to be maimed or killed. I have a right to stand my ground and fight back, yet here I sit unlawfully detained fighting for my freedom just like I did with Dustin Stanley. Please review all of the evidence, as well as my thoughts and feelings that should have played a part at my trial, so the 12 people who were chosen to decide my fate could have made an informed decision as to guilt or innocence and degree of punishment. I ask that you step into the jury box and become the 13th juror and open your mind to the real plausibility that I do not deserve to die in prison. This story could be about your mother, friend, sister or even your daughter, but for now, this story is about Donna Hockman. If after reviewing this entire website you feel compelled to do something, please act by signing the online petitions by clicking the link on this page and give financially to my cause. “Injustice for one is injustice for all”

God bless,
Donna

Letter from Matthew Engle of The Innocence Project


Donna to be interviewed December 9th!

Donna is due to be interviewed on December 9th by Kervin Julien, via his video podcast.  Kervin interviews people believed to be wrongfully convicted in a forum that allows them to tell their side of the story to a wider audience.  Donna is excited about the opportunity, and we would love for you to check out Kervin’s YouTube channel.  Below is an example of an interview he completed this month.

Here is a link to the Facebook group “Wrongfully Convicted”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SayWhatYouLike/


Donna’s story in her own words:

 


Voicemails left by Dustin Stanley on Donna Hockmans’ cell phone

At the time of Donna’s arrest, she stated to her defense attorney that over 30 voice mails left by Dustin Stanley could be retrieved from her cell phone. Donna thought the police would retrieve them to show the harassing/stalking nature of Stanley in the days leading up to the shooting. Weeks had passed and no word about the retrieval of the calls, so Donna informed her attorney that he needed to retrieve them before they were lost for good. At the time he was only able to retrieve these two.  Stanley becomes audibly upset when he could not reach Donna.  The jury at trial was not allowed access to these calls.

The audio below illustrates Dustin Stanley’s state of mind just before the incident:

Please listen carefully:

 

This 911 call was made in distress as Donna feared for her life after being physically abused by Dustin Stanley on June 21, 2008, about a month before the shooting:

Much more evidence about my case can be found here

Letter from Donna

Dear friends and supporters,

Your letters of encouragement are always welcome!

If you wish to post a letter of support, simply register and make a comment on my posts, post on my Facebook, or simply email admin@commonwealthcoverup.com and we will post it promptly. I need my friends and family to write on my site to show my true personality and I want honest truthful testimonials of who I am/was.

The only thing to look forward to is email and U.S. mail. At mail call I love hearing my name. I don’t feel so alone and reading your letters are therapeutic. My website is not meant to inflame friends and family of Dustin Stanley. My only goal is to allow the public to see the lies that convicted me and let the world know who Donna Hockman really is. During my relationship with Dustin Stanley, before and during my trial I was silenced and I will remain silent no more! No matter what I have to do to prove the corruption surrounding my conviction I will continue to fight for my freedom.

To those of you who read the stories of those arrested and convicted of crimes and say “they got what they deserved”, please know your only being told the version the prosecutor wants you to know. The prosecutor wants to sway public opinion so the jury pool will be tainted and ensure a conviction.

Justice can only be served when the truth is told!

I look forward to reading your letters and emails. Keep them coming!

If you wish to write a personal letter to me, email me or refer to Contact Me on how to do so.

Love,
Donna…